Clifford Chance is a global firm with over 3,200 lawyers in key technology and financial centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia. We ensure we can benefit our clients by combining the highest global standards of business and law with local excellence of service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet our clients' needs whenever and wherever they arise.
We see diversity as essential to the development of a thriving, globally integrated firm. It's a competitive strength; our people come from many different countries and backgrounds because we recognize success depends not only on understanding the law but also the business characteristics and local culture of our clients, wherever they may be.
While we understand that a diverse legal profession is highly important, we also appreciate that without proper preparation most students find the law school experience overwhelming and extremely difficult to earn top grades. That is why Clifford Chance decided to sponsor scholarships to Law Preview's law school prep course -- a program that some of our most successful lawyers took before they themselves entered law school.
Clifford Chance Law Preview Scholarship Criteria
To be eligible to become a Clifford Chance Law Preview Scholarship recipient, applicants must be (i) a member of a racial/ethnic/gender group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession or a member of the LGBT community; and (ii) enrolled to begin classes at either Cornell Law School, Fordham University School of Law, University of Michigan School of Law or University of Virginia School of Law in the fall.
A strong preference will be given to applicants who are the first in their immediate families (excluding siblings) to attend graduate school. Applications will be accepted the scholarship deadline at each school. A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications and scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis by June 11.
If you plan to attend Cornell Law School, Fordham University School of Law, University of Michigan School of Law or University of Virginia School of Law and meet the scholarship criteria, complete the online application before the scholarship deadline.
CORNELL LAW SCHOOL
Recruiting for most large, global law firms takes place during the fall semester of a law student's second-year and students really need to finish in the top half of their 1L class to get an interview. Given the substantial investment that most students make in their legal education, it is wise to do all that you can to ensure you do well your first year. When Clifford Chance first explored options for helping diverse law students who were heading to law school, we wanted to support a program that helped students achieve academic excellence during that all-important first year. Over the years we received very positive feedback from interview candidates who had attended the Law Preview class and that is why Clifford Chance decided to partner with Law Preview and offer scholarships to diverse students entering law school. Since 2009, we have been sponsoring entering 1Ls to attend the Law Preview class and the response we've received from scholarship recipients has been overwhelmingly positive. If you are planning to attend a law school we sponsor and meet the scholarship criteria, I strongly encourage you to submit an application.
Attending Cornell Law School and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before May 28.
FORDHAM UNIV. SCHOOL OF LAW
Attending Fordham Law School and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before May 28.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF LAW
Attending UMich Law and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before May 15.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
Attending UVA School of Law and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before May 28.